School Heads Issue The Following Serious Demand Ahead of School Opening
Head teachers’ associations are urging the government to implement an increase in funds for schools as proposed by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms. The secondary and primary school managers advocate for this increment to take effect from January, coinciding with the reopening of schools.
They emphasize the importance of including the proposal of a Minimum Essential Package, which entails a flat-rate funding for schools, to ensure smooth operations.
Indimuli Kahi, the chairman of Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA), highlights the necessity of this implementation, considering the rising cost of living and the high expenses associated with teaching and learning materials. The Presidential Reform Team’s suggestion includes setting the capitation for pre-primary learners at Sh1,170 per pupil, Sh2,237 for primary pupils, and Sh15,544 for junior secondary school learners.
Currently, the government allocates Sh1,420 per child in primary school, with an additional Sh280 proposed for those in senior school, bringing the amount to Sh22,527.
Kahi acknowledges that while the proposed amounts may not fully align with the current economic realities, he emphasizes their significance as a starting point. The task force proposes yearly allocations of Sh70,000 to pre-primary schools, Sh537,000 to primary schools, Sh2.03 million to junior schools, and Sh3.04 million to senior schools.
Johnson Nzioka, chairman of Kenya Primary School Heads Association, sees the potential of these proposed changes as a game-changer in financing education, emphasizing the positive impact of increased capitation and the Minimum Essential Package.
The school heads also appeal to President Ruto to fulfill Kenya Kwanza campaign pledges on education, particularly urging the consideration of waiving the cost of electricity and water. Kahi explains that reducing these utility bills would effectively increase capitation, allowing schools to repurpose funds for other essential needs.
Furthermore, the associations seek the timely release of capitation and clear guidelines on school fees to avoid disruptions in learning. KESSHA chairman notes the challenge of students completing Form Four owing schools significant amounts, and highlights the need for mechanisms to compel payment.